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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel | Charles Yu
*This ebook includes photos, illustrations, and a bonus short story, which add to the ever-expanding world of Minor Universe 31. Photos and illustrations appear as hyperlinks in text. National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award winner Charles Yu delivers his debut novel, a razor-sharp, ridiculously funny, and utterly touching story of a son searching for his father . . . through quantum spacetime. Minor Universe 31 is a vast story-space on the outskirts of fiction, where paradox fluctuates like the stock market, lonely sexbots beckon failed protagonists, and time travel is serious business. Every day, people get into time machines and try to do the one thing they should never do: change the past. Thats where Charles Yu, time travel technicianpart counselor, part gadget repair mansteps in. He helps save people from themselves. Literally. When hes not taking client calls or consoling his boss, Phil, who could really use an upgrade, Yu visits his mother (stuck in a one-hour cycle of time, she makes dinner over and over and over) and searches for his father, who invented time travel and then vanished. Accompanied by TAMMY, an operating system with low self-esteem, and Ed, a nonexistent but ontologically valid dog, Yu sets out, and back, and beyond, in order to find the one day where he and his father can meet in memory. He learns that the key may be found in a book he got from his future self. Its called How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, and hes the author. And somewhere inside it is the information that could help himin fact it may even save his life. Wildly new and adventurous, Yus debut is certain to send shock waves of wonder through literary spacetime.
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diovival
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Leaving the farmer's market with three books and one bottle of wine. This feels like I'm winning at life.

Lindy Books are nourishment for the soul. 🥦🍎🥕 3mo
Cinfhen Great post!!!! 3mo
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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“...unfortunately, it's true: time does heal. It will do so whether you like it or not, and there's nothing anyone can do about it. If you're not careful, time will take away everything that ever hurt you, everything you have ever lost, and replace it with knowledge. Time is a machine: it will convert your pain into #experience.”

#experience #QuotsyMay19

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bookishdawg
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Yard work done for the day... time for a #readharder challenge read while my furry boy keeps a close watch for squirrels 🐿💕

Nute No squirrels dare to venture into our backyard. We have a 4-pound seriously dedicated professional squirrel hunter!😂 9mo
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holarosarita
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Love a good...whatever this is 2/3 of the way through a piece of fiction. #scifi #scifinonsense #timetravel

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holarosarita
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Not sure this book is actually set in space? Like space space. Maybe more like L-space? But it is one of Book Riot‘s suggestions for this prompt so I‘m going with it. #abookbyanAOCinoraboutspace #readharder2019

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LapReader
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Mehso-so

Not loving it so far. Bit too clunky. Back at school today so a drink is in order. I live for holidays. 73 days until the next one. @suvata @CarolynM @thegreensofa @Sarz @BecH #LMPBC #GroupX

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CarolynM
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Panpan

Really not my thing I'm afraid. I'll send it on by express post tomorrow. #LMPBC #groupx

LapReader Don‘t worry about express. I am not home until the end of the week anyway. 12mo
CarolynM @LapReader Thanks for that. I was feeling a bit guilty for being late with it. Hope you're enjoying your time away. 12mo
BookishTrish I read this years ago and loved it - thanks for reminding me to reread. Sorry it wasn‘t your thing. 12mo
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Sarz Sorry that it wasn't your thing! 12mo
CarolynM @Sarz It's always good to be challenged with something different. It reminded me why I don't read sci-fi. 🙂 12mo
Sarz @CarolynM That's really interesting because I love to read sci-fi but also didn't really like this one. I don't think it's a good representation of sci-fi! 12mo
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CarolynM
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Getting started on this one for #lmpbc #groupx. I'll try to have it finished in time!

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whimsy
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Pickpick

Whadayaknow, I got to finish another before 2018 goes out into the sunset!

This book reminds me strongly of John Dies at the End, it's all very meta in that the very book is a plot device & the author shares the same name as the protagonist. I was intimidated of this book a long time because science isn't my strength but you don't have to be a time traveler to appreciate the story of a guy trying to escape death and fix his life and family ties.

whimsy And also indulges on the bit about books being time machines on their own. 13mo
whimsy Also I used one of the plastic book covers I got from Kinokuniya so it looks textbooky. 13mo
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ralexist
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Pickpick

One of the odder things I've read this year. Meta speculative fiction that takes time travel & turns the normal version of it on its edge. The author plays a lot with language & tenses & your brain gets a bit turned around trying to apply the linear-like concepts that help you keep track of things to a story that's not completely linear. An interesting read to be sure but definitely one where you need time to concentrate on what you're reading.

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Sarz
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Mehso-so

This really wasn't the "science fiction" book I was expecting. It's my pick for #lmpbc so I don't want to ruin it for #groupx. But I'll put some more thoughts in the comments.

Sarz I wanted this to be a fun, science fiction story about time travel, time loops, and murder. What it actually is is a bittersweet story about family, failure and loss. I didn't like it, not because the story was bad but mainly because it wasn't what I wanted. I didn't enjoy it. 1y
CarolynM Looking forward to trying this one when it gets to me🙂 1y
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Sarz
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Started this yesterday, as it's my pick for the Markup Postal Book Club. It's pretty good so far!

#lmpbc #groupx
@CarolynM @LapReader @thegreensofa

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EloisaJames
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Pickpick

This book is fascinating and boring, at once. The idea—a guy who does nothing but zip around various universes fixing broken time machines—is great. But he‘s depressed and fairly inarticulate so it feels like you‘re spending a lot of time with a morose 13-year-old even though he‘s supposedly 30-ish. I‘m half way through and I keep reading because occasionally there‘s something great, like the bit above. #scifi

LiteraryinLititz Great review! Thanks! 1y
CarolynM I'm currently reading this for this round of the Litsy Markup Postal Book Club. I'm only up to page 50 but already I know exactly what you mean! 13mo
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Blair_Reads
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Pickpick

Love love love love loved this book! I wanted an escape, but got so much more. It has depth and lots to chew on. It‘s a book I will read again and it will only grow more interesting each time bc each time I will find something new.

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Blair_Reads
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Love. This. Book.

pppooraikul What a swear word! 😂👏🏼 1y
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Blair_Reads
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I can‘t put enough love stickers on this. Do you like science fiction? Do you find meta fiction fascinating?? Do you like smart writing?? READ THIS BOOK! Omg. I keep going “No way!” And “that‘s genius!” I don‘t want to post all the cool things bc I think that would detract from the experience of reading this. Holy 🐮 this is a good book.

mcipher It sounds amazing! 1y
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Blair_Reads
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Only a few pages in and already...*squeals of excitement*

kgriffith I don‘t even know where to begin with this summary 😂 1y
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BeththeBookDragon
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Hmmm. I have two boys; one is 9, the other 6. My 9 year old has entered this, and it‘s been a struggle to know how to deal with it - as a Mom. I didn‘t realize it was such a universal thing...

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2BR02B
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1. Hoping to finish it today. 🤞
2. The story in the photo is my favorite I've read this week. #KittiesForLiteracy #KFL
3. I haven't signed up, but I'm planning to knock a book or two off my TBR.
4. My opinion on prison libraries? They have their prose and cons.
5. On it. 👍

#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

twohectobooks Reading to kittens! Amazing! 2y
DebbieGrillo 🖒😂 2y
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trazo Adorable! 2y
UwannaPublishme 😂👍🏻 2y
BiblioLitten 2. And 4. 😊😁 2y
DGRachel #4 🤣🤣🤣 2y
Itchyfeetreader Off to book up kittens for literacy 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
Purrfectpages I think this idea is the best! 2y
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2BR02B
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It's a beautiful day to start a new #bookclub read (and maybe get a little sunburned in the process.)

saresmoore I got burned crispy the other day, but it was so worth it because ☀️☀️☀️ 2y
2BR02B @saresmoore I know. Now if only the trees would leaf out so I could retire to a shady refuge! 2y
Sophoclessweetheart This book sounds intriguing hah x 2y
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nanoauthor
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Kinda reading this for class, kinda reading it jus cause. I don't actually think I'll finish it this semester but I could use a little fun. Ft TARDIS lights! #college

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Avanders
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Do I have any #timetravel books? Why yes, yes I do. (Day 8 of #sizzlinsummerbooks) #tbr #scifigirl @Tiffy_Reads

elkeo_TheBookDragon 👏👏👏 3y
Jabberwocky I ADORED the Doomsday book. 10/10 3y
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The.Intentional.Reader
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Love this book and it has little truths like this hidden all throughout it

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Meeee too. 3y
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Faibka
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More book buys 😁📚📚📚

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JWarren
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Mehso-so

I dig the experimental structure of the book itself, and I loved the conceptions of a kind of mathematics to describe narratives...I just felt like there wasn't much more going on than huge passages of narration with not much happening in too many places. Be aware: the title might lead you to think this is a comedy. It is not.

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Chelsey
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This book describes feels I didn't even know I had. Soooo good

squibblesreads I have been wanting to pick this up forever!!! 4y
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